Prep girls basketball: Lake Stevens 65, Kentwood 47

DES MOINES — Lake Stevens senior guard Britney Pahukoa scored 25 points and had five steals to power the Vikings to a win over Kentwood at the Les Schwab Preview.

“That was a career-high in points for Britney,” Vikings head coach Randall Edens said. “She hit some big baskets late, got us quality possessions and worked the shot clock well down the stretch.”

Pahukoa committed just two turnovers, which along with her defensive work helped the Vikings to a 12-23 advantage in turnover margin.

Pahukoa’s twin sister, Brooke, added 17 points and Lake Stevens also received significant contributions from its underclassmen. Sophomore guard Alex Briggs scored 10 points, including a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. Junior Kali Long had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and sophomore Emily Vandegrift grabbed 10 boards.

“We were concerned coming in on how we were going to handle Kentwood’s tall frontline,” Edens said. “It was a big thing for us to only be out-rebounded by four.”

Both teams came into Saturday’s game undefeated, and it was Lake Stevens that took control early. The Vikings limited Kentwood to just 5-for-24 shooting from the field in the first half to take a nine-point lead.

The Vikings extended the lead to 13 by halftime before Kentwood rallied in the second half behind Jenny Johnson and Sarah Toeaina. Johnson led the Conquerors with 16 points and Toeaina, a guard who Edens said was comparable to the Pahukoa sisters, scored 15 points.

Kentwood managed to cut the difference to less than 10 points in the fourth quarter, but Briggs’ 3-pointer and two 3-pointers from Britney Pahukoa restored the Vikings’ double-digit advantage.

At Highline C.C.

Lake Stevens16131620—65

Kentwood791813—47

Lake Stevens—Alex Briggs 10, Mallory Gipson 0, Railey Pedersen 0, Ivy Blackmon 0, Brittney Pahukoa 25, Emily Vandegrift 2, Brooke Pahukoa 17, Kali Long 11 11 rebs, Hailey Wilson 0. Kentwood—Kylee Ashley 5, Chante Brooks 0, Jenny Johnson 16, Zaria Jones 2, Ashleigh Key 1, Kate Kramer 8, Sara Roberts 0, Ashley Rolsma 0, Sarah Toeaina 15. 3-point goals—Briggs, Bri. Pahukoa 3. Records—Lake Stevens 3-0 overall. Kentwood 3-1.

More in Sports

Local quartet lifting playoff-bound CWU football

Four Snohomish County natives start for the 11-0 Wildcats.

Wesco and Cascade Conference athletes honored

Check out the 2017 all-conference teams.

Washington State brings improved defense into Apple Cup

Typically known for its Air Raid offense, the Cougars are excelling on both sides of the ball.

Silvertips looking for offense entering weekend series

Everett will look to snap a 2-game losing streak when faces Tri-City on the road.

Seahawks waive Freeney from depleted defense

The surprising move comes on the heels of a loss where poor pass rush was an issue for Seattle.

Apple Cup notebook: Leach’s Cougars without special motivation

The Washington State coach said his team will prepare like it’s a normal game.

Seattle falls short in 34-31 home loss to Atlanta

Russell Wilson rallied the Seahawks late, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a defeat.

Seahawks’ postseason hopes dealt a blow by loss to Falcons

Seattle will likely spend the rest of the regular season fighting for a playoff berth.

Seahawks’ battered secondary holds up against reigning MVP

Seattle’s secondary corrected itself despite stumbling early in the game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Most Read